(CMR) Famed Jamaican bobsledder Sam Clayton Jr. (58) passed away on March 31 from complications related to coronavirus in Kingston, Jamaica. Confirmation of his death was making the rounds this week online.
He was one of the members of the iconic Jamaican bobsled squad that was featured it to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Clayton did not make the team that was eventually selected to compete at the Winter Olympics but his contribution to the program was significant. He was among the very first four selected to spearhead Jamaica’s entrance into Winter sports and the Winter Olympics.
It marked the first-ever team from Jamaica to compete at the Winter Games. Cool Runnings, the 1993 Disney movie, chronicled the team's journey to the1988 Winter Olympics.
His former team members were shocked at his passing and sent their condolences to his family.
He was also a producer, manager and sound engineer who worked with various music artists with the label “Harry J Studio” where he was well respected in the reggae industry where he earned international recognition.
Clayton Jr. is survived by his wife, four children and three grandchildren.
There are 125 confirmed coronavirus cases in Jamaica and five deaths.
Worldwide, deaths have topped 143,000 and confirmed infections over 2.1 million.